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Report examines attracting, retaining GPs in rural Australia



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Gary Johns Parliamentary Secretary to the

Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services

GJ19/92 1 December 1992

(EMBARGOED UNTIL 12 NOON 1 DECEMBER 1992)

REPORT EXAMINES ATTRACTING, RETAINING GPS IN RURAL AUSTRALIA

It is important that rural areas are able to attract, and

retain, general practitioners, Gary J o h n s , Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, said t o d a y .

Mr Johns was speaking at the launch of a report, "Vocational Training and Continuing Education for the Rural Medical Practitioner," at Parliament House, Brisbane.

The report presents findings from a major research study into vocational and educational needs of rural medical practitioners. The Federal Government provided $91,404 for the study through its Research and Development Grants

program, established to promote rural health.

Mr Johns said the research, conducted by Anne Wise and Richard Hays of the Queensland Rural Practice Research G r o u p , provided valuable information for policy makers and others involved in rural p ractice.

"The report examines the needs of rural GPs, in respect of both undergraduate training and in their continuing education, and makes recommendations on a number of ways of improving the education available and improving access to continuing education," Mr Johns said.

"Issues such as how to encourage recent graduates to enter rural practice, problems in obtaining adequate locum relief and other problems related to rural practice are among those discussed."

Mr Johns said these were important issues for the Federal Government. -

"A basic aim of the RADGAC program is to encourage applied research such as this which addresses the particular difficulties of providing quality general practice care in rural areas," Mr Johns said.

"A major concern of the Federal Government is that all Australians have equal access to health and other se r v i c e s ," Mr Johns said.

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